In general, the Passive House standard, which can be applied to any building, is achieved through the fundamental concepts shown above. There are specific metrics associated with all the criteria that makes a Passive House successful, and test are performed on completed building to verify that the minimum performance criteria have been met.
One of the most significant challenges with Passive House projects, whether they are residential or public buildings, is mitigating the thermal bridges that result from a conflict between building envelope and structural systems. Early structural involvement is key to the success of Passive House projects. Given our experience, Fast + Epp is well positioned to solve many of the typical challenges encountered with these projects in a proactive, innovative manner.